Spring 2021 - EVSC 201W D100

Environmental Science in Practice (4)

Class Number: 4154

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM

  • Prerequisites:

    EVSC 100.



A survey of environmental science practice that exposes students to what environmental scientists do, with guest lectures from environmental scientists and practitioners across contributing disciplines and workplaces. Coursework emphasizes literature research, analysis and synthesis along with scientific writing and communication skills. Writing.


An introduction to what environmental scientists do in applied contexts, how environmental science concepts relate to applied skills, and how to communicate what environmental science is. The course will emphasize collaboration and communication skills through regular writing assignments and feedback, in which each student will develop and grapple with their own environmental science Question. Students will engage with guest speakers through the Environmental Science in Practice Online Speakers Series, in which environmental scientists working in diverse professional fields will be interviewed.  

Will there be tutorials/labs in the first week of class?


 Which components (lec/lab/tut) are synchronous vs asynchronous

- lecture every week (Tues 9:30-10:20) is asynchronous

- tutorial every week (Tues 10:30 -12:20) is synchronous

Are there any technical requirements the students should be aware of

-Access to a computer with reliable internet connection and working microphone

-Microsoft Office software (can be downloaded for free from SFU)


  • Peer collaboration & feedback 15%
  • Engagement with guest speakers 5%
  • Environmental Science Journal 5%
  • Question Proposal 5%
  • Annotated Bibliography 15%
  • Literature Review 25%
  • Blog Post 20%
  • 3-minutes + 3-slides presentation 10%


Grading and course outline is subject to change. Students will recieve the syllabus during the first week of classes.



Title: Making Sense in Geography and Environmental Sciences, Seventh Edition

Author: Margot Northey


ISBN: 9780199026807

Registrar Notes:


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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).